As tiny as they are, pocket pets require about the same amount of care as a regular sized pet. They are susceptible to parasites, skin problems and nutrition issues, which means they need regular veterinary care as they already have a shorter lifespan. Before getting a pocket pet, it's important to know about their temperament towards other animals, what diseases they are prone to, and their overall behaviours associated with the species. To learn more about our services for pocket pets, we encourage you to call us 519-285-2116.
What is a pocket pet?
A pocket pet is a smaller sized animal that can easily fit in the palm of your hands. At our hospital we provide care for the following pocket pets:
- Guinea pigs
How do I know my pocket pet needs to see a veterinarian?
Even before your pocket pet is symptomatic, they should have annual veterinary exams. Due to their size, it can be easy to miss the telltale signs that they are unwell, which is why a veterinarian needs to assess them regularly. You should bring your pet to a veterinarian ASAP if they have any of the following symptoms:
- Lumps or sores
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Discharge from the nose and eyes
- Quieter than usual
- Less social or active